Faculty Profile

Dr. Simon A. Rego, Psy.D.

Simon A. Rego, Psy.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Chief of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director of Psychology Training, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Interests

Dr. Simon Rego, a licensed clinical psychologist with close to 20 years of experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based psychological treatments, is currently Chief Psychologist, Director of Psychology Training, and Director of the CBT Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Rego is Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, Certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Certified as a Cognitive Therapy Trainer/Consultant by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Dr. Rego is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and a former member of the Board of Directors of of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He was also a Founding Member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association, and the Founding President of the Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Rego's specialties include the assessment and treatment of anxiety and stress disorders (Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Phobias), as well as depression, insomnia, and body focused repetitive behaviors (compulsive hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, etc.) using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or other evidence-based psychological treatments.

Dr. Rego has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters (see below), completed his first book on the treatment of OCD in 2016, and is currently completing a second book on the treatment of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia and a third book on the treatment of Depression. He is former Editor of Advances in Cognitive Therapy, a joint publication of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy as well as Trauma Psychology News, a publication of the Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) of the American Psychological Association. He frequently gives workshops and presentations on his areas of expertise and also does a great deal of work with the media, being featured as an expert on television (CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News, etc.), radio (NPR, 1010 WINS, WCBS, Radio France Internationale, etc.), print (e.g., NY Times, Newsday, Toronto Star, USA Today, BBC News, USA WEEKEND, etc.), and on the web (WebMD, HealthDay, MSN, Financial Times of London, Reader's Digest, etc.).

Selected Publications


Rego, S.A. (2015). Essential Arnie. The Behavior Therapist, 38(3), 78-79.

Rogojanski, J., & Rego, S.A. (2013). Advances and Controversies in the Application of a Modified Version of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 9(3), 337-346.

Lazarus, A.A. & Rego, S.A. (2013). What Really Matters. The Behavior Therapist. 36(3), 67-69.

Brady, V., Taylor, V., & Rego, S.A. (2012). Science at the Heart of Psychotherapy: A Review of Three Evidence Based Treatments. Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine, 28(1), 25-32. 

Schumpf, J. & Rego, S.A. (2009). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I): Modifications and Outcomes. Current Psychiatry, 8(4), 70.

Rego, S.A., Barlow, D.H., McCrady, B.S., Persons, J.B., Hildebrandt, T.B., & McHugh, R.K. (2009). Implementing Empirically Supported Treatments in "Real World" Clinical Settings: Your Questions Answered! The Behavior Therapist, 32(3), 52-58.

Maher, M.J., Rego, S.A., & Asnis, G.M. (2006). Sleep Disturbances in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Epidemiology, Impact, and Approaches to Management. CNS Drugs, 20(7), 567-590.

Rego, S.A., Muller, K.L., & Jacobson, C. (2005). ‘Distracting’ patients from anxiety. Current Psychiatry, 4(11), 2.

Rego, S.A. & Franklin, M.E. (2005). A Successful Application of Habit Reversal Training (HRT) In a Patient with Comorbid Trichotillomania and Dermatotillomania. Canadian Psychology, 46:2a, 79.

Rego, S.A. (2004). Results of the Professional Issues Committee Survey. The Behavior Therapist, 27(7), 161. Rego, S.A. (2004). Update from the Professional Issues Committee. The Behavior Therapist, 27(5), 98.

Asnis, G.M., De La Garza, R., Rego, S.A., Henderson, M.A., & Reinus, J.F. (2004). Interferon for Hepatitis C Patients with Psychiatric Disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161(12), 2332.

Sanderson, W.C. & Rego, S.A. (2000). Empirically supported treatment of panic disorder: Research, theory, and application of cognitive behavioral therapy. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 14(3), 219-244.

Sanderson, W.C. & Rego, S.A. (2000). Assessment and empirically supported psychological treatment of panic disorder and agoraphobia. Medscape Psychiatry. Available at: http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/350

Sanderson, W.C. & Rego, S.A. (2000). The movement towards evidence-based psychotherapies. Trends in Evidence-Based Neuropsychiatry, 2(5), 50-55.


Rego, S.A. (in press). Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice – Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Hogrefe Press. 

Rego, S.A. (2016). Treatment Plans and Interventions: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Guilford Press.


Leahy, R.L. & Rego, S.A. (2012). Cognitive Restructuring. In William O’Donohue and Jane E. Fisher (Eds.). Core Principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Fishman, D.B., Rego, S.A., & Muller, K.L. (2010). The Conceptual Evolution of Behavior Therapy. In John Norcross, Gary VandenBos, and Don Freedheim (Eds.) History of Psychotherapy – 2nd Edition. APA Press.

Rego, S.A., Muller, K.L., & Sanderson, W.C. (2009). Psychopathological Mechanisms Across Anxiety Disorders. In K. Salzinger and M. Serper (Eds.) Behavioral Mechanisms for Behavioral Disorders and Their Treatment. APA Press.

Rego, S.A. (2009). Culture and Anxiety disorders. In S. Eshun and R. Gurung (Eds.) Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences, Theory, and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Muller, K.L., Rego, S.A., & Sanderson, W.C. (2008). Manualized Treatments in Psychotherapy. In L. L’Abate (Ed.) Towards a Science of Clinical Psychology: Laboratory Evaluations and Interventions. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Rego, S.A. & Muller, K.L. (2007). Panic attacks. In W.C. Sanderson and T.J. Bruce (Eds.). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders and Depression. Available at: http://www.drsanderson.com/book.htm

Sanderson, W.C. & Rego, S.A. (2002). Empirically supported treatment for panic disorder: Research, theory, and application of cognitive behavioral therapy. In R.L. Leahy & E.T. Dowd (Eds.), Clinical Advances in Cognitive Psychotherapy: Theory and Application (pp. 211-239). NY: Springer.

Sanderson, W.C. & Rego, S.A. (2001). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder: An Overview of Empirically Supported Treatment Strategies. In W.J. Lyddon and J.V. Jones (Eds.). Empirically-Supported Cognitive Therapies: Current and Future Applications (pp. 88-117). New York: Springer Publishing Co.


Rego, S.A. (2012). Put On Your Thinking Cap! [Review of the book, Cognitive Therapy by K.S. Dobson]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57(28), Article 2.

Rego, S.A. (2011). Clinician's Guide to PTSD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Trauma Psychology Newsletter. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, 6(2), 8-9.

Rego, S.A. (2010). Psychologist, Heal Thyself: Perfecting the Art of Public Speaking. [Review of the book Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself by D.B. Feldman and P.J. Silvia]. PsycCRITIQUES, 55 (No. 39), Article 3.

Rego, S.A. & Muller, K.L. (2009). Re-Thinking Cognitive Therapy: Make Way for Meta. [Review of the book Metacognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression by A. Wells]. PsycCRITIQUES, 54 (No. 35), Article 2.

Rego, S.A. (2004). A review of Cognitive Approaches to Obsessions and Compulsions: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 18(4), 367-369.

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In the News

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